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Day Education for Children and Young People from Spark of Genius

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Caledonian Campus provides education to both primary and secondary pupils. We offer individualised programmes for pupils who have struggled to engage with learning for a variety of different reasons.

Our pupils can be:

  • Staying at home.
  • Looked after at home.
  • Looked after by Spark of Genius’ Residential Services
  • Looked after in another residential centre.

Our young people come to us for a variety of reasons or simply because mainstream schools have not been able to meet their needs.  It is our task to re-engage these pupils with education and ensure that when they leave school they have the qualifications and skills to make a successful transition to further education, employment or training.

The school campus is based within the Glengarnock Business Park within the Garnock Valley. The school was opened in the summer of 2012, a coming together of our Irvine and Paisley learning centres, within the grounds of the old Glengarnock Steel Works.  The secondary school building has the Steel Works War Memorial on the wall with names of the fallen during the two great wars, who were employees of the steel works.  As part of the local community we have access to Garnock Rugby Club, Garnock Swimming Pool and Glengarnock Library. We also utilise a wide variety of resources throughout North Ayrshire, East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde for physical and outdoor education.

Caledonian Secondary

The secondary building is set out over two floors with a separate skills for work building on campus, incorporating our mechanics bay and construction workshop. The Secondary school occupancy is 50 pupils, both boys and girls. The Secondary class sizes can vary and are dependent on the individual pupils needs.   Pupils have access to a dedicated Art room, Digital media room and Cinema room as well as the use of Promethean smart-boards, tablets and laptops to aid the individual learning and enhance the learning experience.

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Skills for Work

The Mechanics and Automotive Skills Course allows pupils to access an introduction to the automotive industry and a progression route into further education, training or employment within the automotive industry. The purpose of the Course is to ensure that candidates develop practical skills, knowledge and understanding and employability skills needed within the automotive industry as well as developing generic transferable employability skills



Rural Skills is an introductory qualification offered to pupils in order to develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes, needed for work in the land-based industries.  This is a practical skills course delivered at our offsite rural skills plot.  The Rural Skills course is delivered at National 4 level and National Progression Award and offers an insight into land based industries, grass cutting techniques and crop production.  This award also comes with an employability award along with providing access to horticultural courses at college.

Spark of Genius Education for day pupils Residential care for children and teenagers

Construction Skills is delivered at National 4 and 5 level, offering an introduction to various trades with employability skills at the core.  Pupils working through the Construction course complete plumbing, decorative painting, bricklaying and site carpentry units which support pupils in the application to college for trade based subjects as well as preparing them for employment within this sector.

Hospitality is offered to provide a broad and practical introduction into the hospitality profession.  Pupils will experience the professional kitchen as well as learn about the different roles and responsibilities in hospitality sector.  Pupils will have the opportunity to develop the skills involved in preparing, cooking, presenting and serving food and drinks.

Key strengths of the school  

  • The quality of staff’s care and knowledge of children and young people and their sensitivity to children and young people’s needs.  
  • The quality of the environment for learning.  Young people’s learning experiences in hospitality, rural skills, digital media and sports.  
  • The links across care and education which are leading to improved attendance and more settled children and young people who are ready to learn.

Education Scotland Report 2014

“What comes across most strongly is the great efforts being made by staff to ensure that the young people develop their skills as fully as possible.” Kenneth Gibson MSP

Comments from pupils, parents/carers and professionals

“She has over the last few months drastically improved her school attendance, attitude, socialisation, thirst for knowledge and is overall a happier child.” (Educational Psychologist)

“The difference in my son since his placement with Spark of Genius is night and day.  He has come on leaps and bounds.” (Parent)

“The school was settled, attractive, all young people involved in purposeful learning, staff looked totally committed, their results were excellent again …. Thanks and well done” Tom McGhee (Chairman)

“The teachers respect you and it’s a safe environment to be in.” Courtney (Pupil)

“The school is fun.” Ryan (pupil)

“I like the school and the work.  The staff help me” Amy (Pupil)

“I love having friends at the school and going places like the wind farm” Alasdair (pupil)

Our other centres

Caledonian Primary
Skypoint School
Harbour Point School